Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

Media Wales Ltd. publishes Western Mail, a community newspaper that focuses on news and events. The editor of this publication is Alan Edmunds.

Articles from November 26, 2010

38,000 Extra Tonnes of Salt Shipped in to keepWales Moving in Early Blizzards Threat; METOFFICEWARNSOFHEAVY ORDRIFTINGSNOWANDICE
Byline: SALLY WILLIAMS TENS of thousands of tonnes of extra grit have been ordered in by the Assembly Government and council leaders to "keep Wales moving", as forecasters warned of a strong chance of Arctic blizzards hitting the country next week....
Aiteen Takes the Advantage
AITEEN THIRTYTHREE was left an easy winner of the Grade Two GPG Novices' Chase at Newbury yesterday after Tell Massini suffered a fatal injury at the fifth-last. Tom George's Tell Massini, the 8-11 favourite, supplemented a strong hurdling campaign...
A Modern Masterpiece
Byline: MIKE TORPEY BOLDNESS and daring may not always have been words associated with Jaguar's flagship model the XJ - but things haven't half changed. The big cat's design director, Ian Callum, has never been afraid to push barriers to their...
Back in the Saddle
Byline: WENDY HORTON IT HAS been a long wait but the man known as Meat Loaf is finally returning to Wales. Cardiff was one of the casualties of the cancelled European tour in 2007 when the legendary rocker was diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal...
Banking on the Bard to Boost Interest; REVIEW: Measure for Measure, the Provincial, Cardiff Bay
WHEN Sherman Cymru's theatre in Cardiff went dark earlier this year for the first stage of an extensive renovation programme, the company took the opportunity to get out and about in various temporary venues around the city. For their production...
Bell Comes of Age with Fine Ashes Innings for England; BUT SIDDLE IS THE HAT-TRICK HERO FOR THE AUSTRALIANS
PETER SIDDLE and Ian Bell had shocks in store for their Ashes opponents on day one of this winter's battle for the urn. Siddle will never forget his hat-trick on his 26th birthday, as England were bowled out for 260 after choosing to bat first....
Bogus SAS Soldier Jailed Indefinitely for Multiple Rapes; HETOLDWOMENHECOULD KILLTHEMWITHHISHANDS
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS A BOGUS SAS soldier was yesterday locked up indefinitely after being unmasked as a fraud and a serial rapist. Tyrone Clarke, 36, must serve at least seven years in prison after being convicted of rape, kidnap, assault and...
Business Leaders Condemn Delayed Decision on Vital Rail Electrification
BUSINESS groups in Wales hit out at the postponement on electrification yesterday. Graham Morgan, director of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, said: "We are trying to emerge out of one of the country's biggest recessions since World War Two...
CanWales' Crayfish Stop the American Invaders? WILDLIFEEXPERTSBEGINPLAN TOSAVEENDANGEREDSPECIES
Byline: PETER LAW A FIGHTBACK to stop the only crayfish native to Wales from being wiped out by an American invader is being launched today. Stocks of white-clawed crayfish have been in freefall since the arrival of the larger, more aggressive...
Carry on Clio
Byline: Patrick James It seems hard to believe the Clio's been around for 20 years, though clever advertising has always kept it in the public memory. The marketing has clearly paid off with more than 10 million sold in Europe. To reach that...
Carwyn Says Wales 'Not in a Position' to Help Fund Vital Rail Scheme; FIRST MINISTER CALLS DELAYED DECISION 'VERY DISAPPOINTING'
Byline: ALED BLAKE FIRST MINISTER Carwyn Jones last night made it clear that the Assembly Government could not afford to stump up any cash to support mainline electrification to Swansea. Mr Jones described yesterday's deferral of the decision...
Changing Places; as the Contractors Take Possession of Sherman Cymru's Theatre, Matt Thomas Asks Director Chris Ricketts about the Building's Renovation and His Plans for Its Future
MOST of the theatregoing population of South Wales will have a memory associated with Cardiff's Sherman Theatre. Whether it was catching the ground-breaking, award-winning Sherman Cymru production Deepcut or a childhood visit to one of their off-the-beaten-track...
Christmas Cheer
Sport Flying Wales For the ultimate festive gift this Christmas look no further than Sport Flying Wales who offer a range of breathtaking flights around the Gower Peninsula and beyond. Flights range from a 20-minute trial flight up to a two-hour experience...
Culture Secretary Spurns Call from Welsh Leaders for Action on S4C Chaos; CHURCHFIGURESCALLFOR FINANCIALGUARANTEES
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON CALL CHARGES & TEXT COSTS: CULTURE SECRETARY Jeremy Hunt has rejected a joint plea by the leaders of the four Assembly parties for an urgent review of chaos-hit Welsh language broadcaster S4C. In a letter seen by...
Dad's Incredible Trek Shortlisted for Literary Prize; AUTHOR INSPIRED BY FATHER'S JOURNEY FROM AFRICA
Byline: ROBIN TURNER THE amazing true story of a man who walked across scorching deserts and towering mountains from Somalia to Port Talbot is in the running for next week's pounds 30,000 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. Nadifa Mohamed...
Davies and Donaldson Feel Heat of Battle in Dubai; KAYMER WINS ROUND ONE IN EURO FIGHT WITH MCDOWELL
Byline: ANTHONY WOOLFORD RHYS DAVIES and Jamie Donaldson endured a real rollercoaster ride on day one of the money-spinning Dubai World Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Bridgend's Davies, looking to cap a truly stunning first season...
Don't Forget Neptune for Hennessy, Insists His Upbeat Owner Hales
POWERFUL owner John Hales urged punters not to discount Neptune Collonges in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury tomorrow. The Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old makes a protracted return to the racecourse after having been sidelined since the 2009...
Don't Stop Believing; as Anastacia Prepares to Get Back on the Road with the Here Come the Girls Tour, Matt Thomas Discovers That She Believes There Really Is Strength in Numbers
SAY what you like about Anastacia, but she doesn't give up easily. She's been plugging away at showbusiness since the early '90s, first of all as a dancer before committing herself fulltime to cranking out the big-voiced soul belters that have become...
Dyer Keen for More Pompey Joy Tonight
NATHAN DYER faces Portsmouth tonight for the first time since his cup heroics dumped out the holders almost two years ago - and insists the club have not taken a backward step since. The Swans became the talk of the country when Dyer's strike sent...
Edwards Ready to Put Up with Pain
WELSH professional Simon Edwards is prepared to play through the pain barrier to mount a challenge for the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship in the Bahamas tomorrow. The 39-year-old Wrexham-born player, who sprang to golfing prominence...
End of Line for Auto Industry; LINAMAR CLOSES CAR PARTS PLANT IN SWANSEA
Byline: ROBIN TURNER CAR manufacturing in Swansea will effectively come to an end today, when Canadian-owned Linamar shuts its 200-worker Swansea auto parts factory and transfers the work to Mexico. South-West Wales AM Bethan Jenkins said it...
Family Jailed over Bank Robber's Fake Engagement Party; BOGUSALIBIOFINCOMPETENTGANG EXPOSEDBYCALENDARBLUNDER
Byline: HARRY HAWKINS A BANK robber who faked a bogus engagement party as an alibi landed his girlfriend and mother in jail yesterday. Carl Campion, 44, told police he was more than 100 miles away celebrating his engagement at the time of the...
Filmreviews
Unstoppable 12A, 98mins The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest 15, 147 mins WHENEVER you see the name Scott in the slot marked director, you just have to cross your fingers and hope it's preceded by Ridley, rather than Tony. The first, after all,...
Firms 'Still Scratching Their Heads' over Economic Policy; WAG'S FLAGSHIP PROGRAMME 'LACKING IN DETAIL', SAY AMS
Byline: RHODRI EVANS THE implementation of the Welsh Assembly Government's flagship economic policy "lacks essential detail", a committee of AMs has warned. The National Assembly's Enterprise and Learning Committee warned that WAG must communicate...
Forest Swoop for Ramsey to Deny Their Welsh Rivals
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN NOTTINGHAM FOREST last night stole a march on Wales' promotion-chasing pair after completing the shock loan signing of Aaron Ramsey. Ramsey, 19, agreed a short-term deal with Cardiff and Swansea's Championship rivals after...
Hat-Trick Hero Siddle Is Delighted with His Birthday Treat
AUSTRALIA'S hat-trick hero Peter Siddle hailed an "amazing" 26th birthday as he helped his side take control on the opening day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. The Victorian became the 11th Australian to take a Test match hat-trick when he...
Health Certain to Be Caught in the Middle of Election Tug-of-War; Western Mail
THE state of the NHS and the future direction of health policy has formed the backbone of almost every political election campaign. It doesn't matter how many pleas there have been to stop the NHS being used as a political football, it will continue...
If You Don't Want to Join in, Don't Go to the Party
Byline: LOWRI TURNER THERE are lots of things that divide the Welsh and the English - rugby, being able to carry a tune, a certain hardiness of spirit (that's the Welsh, of course) - but when it comes to behaviour the two nations are broadly agreed...
It's a 'Yong and Winding Road with Korando
Byline: Mike Torpey Korean marque SsangYong is banking on a helping of special K to bring a fresh approach to the competitive crossover scene. It comes in the shape of a new Korando model, back after a five-year absence with the promise to blend...
It's Safety First for Mercedes
Byline: PETER KEENAN FROM the moment the steering wheel vibrated as I moved out to overtake it was clear what the "S" stands for in S-Class - safety. Yes, it also encompasses sumptuous, sleek and stylish but Mercedes-Benz has really pushed the...
I Was Just Trying to Be Honest over That Ryan Call after the Fiji Game, Insists Defiant Gatland
Byline: DELME PARFITT AFTER a week of being pilloried for his treatment of a Grand Slam-winning captain Ryan Jones, Warren Gatland addressed the matter with steely defiance last night. Holding court in a Wales camp that betrayed not a shred of...
Jacobsen Eyes Win on 50-Cap Landmark
ALLAN JACOBSEN will win his 50th cap against Samoa tomorrow with Scotland on a high after the win over South Africa, but the surprise defeat which marked his first Scotland appearance is a constant reminder of what can go wrong for the Edinburgh prop....
Jermaine Signs for Swans, but Rodgers Targets Bigger Captures
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN BRENDAN RODGERS has claimed Swansea City are still in the running to land Premier League pair Carlos Vela and Daniel Sturridge despite being knocked back in loan bids for the two this week. The Swans boss says he held positive...
'Jewel in the Crown' under Threat; FEARS FOR FUTURE OF LLANELLI MANSION
Byline: SION MORGAN IT HAS been dubbed Llanelli's "jewel in the crown" - but there are fears Parc Howard Mansion, a gem of classic Italianate architecture, is under threat. The 19th-century museum - which houses the world's largest collection of...
Johnson Calls for Cup-Final Mentality to Lift England against Struggling Boks
MARTIN JOHNSON has demanded England take a cup final mentality into tomorrow's showdown with struggling world champions South Africa. Johnson has reverted to his strongest line-up and named the same starting XV that laid the foundations for England's...
Jones Blast for 'Moaning' Billy as Forest Hit out over Seyi's Dexter Tackle
Byline: STEVE TUCKER CARDIFF CITY boss Dave Jones has accused Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies of moaning about the tackle which seriously injured striker Dexter Blackstock. Jones might be taking his side for a top of the Championship clash...
Korea Minister Resigns after Military Attack
Byline: MIKE JONES SOUTH KOREA'S defence minister resigned yesterday amid intense criticism two days after a North Korean artillery attack killed four people on a small island near the Koreas' disputed frontier. The move came as President Lee...
Labour Ploys Not Serious Debate; & COMMENT DEBATE
SIR - We would be wise to heed the warning of that wise constitutionalist, Lord Elis-Thomas, that "the trouble with referenda is that they do often become polls on the government". This is what we saw at the Wales Labour Party conference (Western...
Mattthomas Inside Track W ITHOUT [...]
mattthomas inside track WITHOUT wanting to come across as sentimental or nostalgic or maudlin, I can't deny that the Sherman Theatre had a profound influence on me. Some of my earliest, formative theatrical experiences came courtesy of my family's...
Morningserial
Now the letter itself: "Please write to Mam, if not too busy with monkeys. Will you write in Welsh?" Perhaps he couldn't. "If you can." I fought to keep back the sobs; they made my hand unsteady, "Will you write to Mam because..." because... because?...
Rise in Children Growing Up in Poverty despite One Parent Being in Work; FIGURES ALSO REVEAL WIDER INEQUALITY IN EXAM RESULTS
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON INCREASING numbers of children in Wales are growing up in poverty despite living in households where a parent is in employment, statistics revealed yesterday. The Assembly Government is committed to eradicating child...
Scientists 'Underestimated' Rate of Global Warming, Claims Research
Byline: EMILY BEAMENT IT may not feel like it right now, but a new study claims the rate of global warming is higher than previously thought. Scientists measuring rises in global temperatures underestimated the rate of warming in the past decade,...
Simply Superb Drive
Byline: Enda Mullen Not many cars have a name that totally sums them up, but the Skoda Superb is a case in point. Not only is it a superb all-rounder, but it offers superb value for money too. At the risk of being labelled an unashamed ambassador...
Sit Back and I'll Tell You a Story; Fairytales Aren't Just Child's Play, According to Ben Haggarty. Matt Thomas Discovers Storytelling Is Alive and Definitely Kicking
WalesOnline.co.uk /multimedia AS you might expect from a full-time, professional storyteller, Ben Haggarty likes to chat. Even though when I get in touch he's a mere minutes off a flight from Ottawa and riding a tidal wave of jet lag, Haggarty. who...
Sonny Fits the All Blacks Bill as Kiwi Coach Henry Looks to 'smashWales'
Byline: ANDY HOWELL MIDFIELD monster Sonny Bill Williams will be unleashed on the Millennium Stadium tomorrow with Graham Henry urging New Zealand to "smash" Wales. The giant centre has been lauded as the missing link in the Kiwi's jigsaw to...
Spotlight on City MP as Student Protests Go on; WILLOTT UNDER FIREOVER UNIVERSIT Y FEES PLEDGE
Byline: GARETH EVANS A STUDENT strike is being organised as part of continuing protests over the Government's controversial plans for a rise in university tuition fees. The date was revealed as students today prepared to highlight Welsh Liberal...
Swede Taste of Success
Byline: Maxine Ashford With bullet-like streamlining and technology oozing from every console, the Saab 9-5 is the car for anyone looking for a certain amount of class in their lives. From the second you lay eyes on the 9-5 saloon, you cannot...
TAKE THE ROAD TO SUCCESS; Welcome to Trade Centre Wales - the Biggest Choice of Used Cars in Wales and the West
Look no further than Trade Centre Wales for your next used car. At our six-acre site at Neath, you'll find a huge choice of quality used cars with hundreds on site and a state of the art indoor showroom. As the leading used car supermarket in Wales,...
The Briefing
Stephen Davenport MeteoGroup There are numerous and sometimes conflicting long-range forecasts for the coming winter flying around the internet, the media and the streets. Some of these are based on little more than a gut instinct while others use...
Theguide 7 Days of Things to Do near You
TODAY ABERDARE: The Coliseum (08000 147111), Rock 'N' Roll Paradise. 7.30pm. Tickets pounds 15. ABERGAVENNY: Borough Theatre (01873 850805), T Rextasy. Electric Boogie Tour II (original T Rex drummer, Bill Legend). 7.30pm. Tickets pounds 16/Conc...
The Italian Job; Anton Corbijn's Latest Film Finds George Clooney on Smouldering Form. but, as Rob Driscoll Discovers, Even the Gritty Subject Matter of the American Could Not Dampen the Star's Spirits
WHEN you are making a film starring George Clooney, there's bound to be some paparazzi intrusion. But director Anton Corbijn didn't expect the level of interest he got on location with The American in a remote Italian mountainside region, supposedly...
The Other Five Shortlisted Authors and Their Books
ELEANOR CATTON (The Rehearsal) was born in 1985 in London, Ontario, and raised in Canterbury, New Zealand. The Rehearsal is the 24-year-old's debut novel. Catton currently lives in Iowa City, having won a Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to study at the...
Thepensioner
Byline: Elaine Morgan Recently while channel-hopping I came across a documentary about the death of Abraham Lincoln, one of my heroes. His first term as President spanned the long and bloody conflict of the civil war. In April 1864 he'd been...
This Car Business Will Ren and Run!
Sitting on the side of Banc Pendre Road in Kidwelly is a tin shed built in 1932 where one of Wales' business dynasties was born. A stone's throw away, on the opposite side of the B4304, with its paint barely dry, is the newest addition to the Gravells...
Tory Peer Says Sorry for 'Breeding' Comment; & UK WORLD
Byline: JOE CHURCHER NEW Conservative peer Howard Flight apologised last night for attacking Government welfare cuts which he suggested would "encourage breeding" among benefits claimants. Mr Flight said he wanted to withdraw the comments minutes...
Wales Does Not Want NHS 'To Take a Pay Holiday' RING-FENCINGHEALTHSPEND AMONGKEYTORYPOLICIES
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY THE Conservatives have pledged to ring-fence health spending as they claimed Wales does not want the NHS to take a "pay holiday". Outlining five key health policies, the party's leader Nick Bourne predicted the pounds...
Wales 'Plays International Role in Language Education' WELSH TEACHING MODELS MIRRORED ACROSS EUROPE
Byline: GARETH EVANS WALES plays an international role in educating through a minority language, a leading academic claimed yesterday. Dr Gwyn Lewis, a lecturer in education at Bangor University, said bilingual communities across the world look...
Why Wales' TV Production Firms Can Take S4C Cuts 'In Their Stride'
Byline: THEFRIDAYFILE THE S4C Authority has seemingly lost all credibility following the latest debacle surrounding the "resignation", or more to the point the non-resignation, of its chairman John Walter Jones. It leaves Culture Secretary Jeremy...
Widow Shocked as Husband's Killer Back in Jail; CHINDAMORECALLEDAFTER ALLEGEDSTREETROBBERY
Byline: JOHN FAHEY THE widow of murdered headmaster Philip Lawrence described her shock yesterday on learning his killer had been recalled to prison in connection with an alleged robbery. Learco Chindamo walked free from jail in July, vowing...
Woosie Hoping to Be Big in Japan with Successful Defence of Handa Cup Masters Title
Byline: ANTHONY WOOLFORD IAN WOOSNAM is hoping for a new dawn in the Land of the Rising Sun as the Ryder Cup-winning captain seeks to end 2010 with a flourish defending his Handa Cup Senior Masters crown. The 1991 US Masters champion has endured...
Your Stars
The Moon can increase your appetite to go out and have fun. Now, that may be easier said than done especially if you have school, college, kids or work to consider...but that doesn't mean that you can't plan some fab time for later in the weekend....
Youth with Experience of How Top Chefs Work Aims to Take His Place among the Best of Them; YOUNGSTER AIMING FOR MICHELIN STAR AGE RECORD
Byline: SALLY WILLIAMS A TEENAGER who has worked with top chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay aims to become the youngest ever cook in Britain to gain a Michelin star. Since winning FutureChef 2009 aged just 15, Welshman Luke Thomas...